Emily's ready for Blackpool
LOCAL ballroom dancer Emily Brooks is set to tango with the best when she competes in the world's most prestigious dancing event, The Blackpool Dance Festival.
Thousands of dancers from all over the world will be competing in the event for their chance to be declared the world's best ? with 17-year-old Emily there representing Australia, and in particular Coffs Harbour.
Dancing over the next week at Blackpool in England, Emily and her partner Matthew Potter, 20, will compete in the Adult Open Standard Section and the Youth Open Standard Section.
The Coffs Harbour teenager, who last year attended the Newtown High School of Performing Arts, danced her way to England after being spotted by Sydney law firm principal, Steven Brown, while training with Matthew.
"Steven was so taken with our dancing he felt that we should have our chance, and now sponsors our dancing," Emily said.
So impressed was he with the pair's talent, Mr Brown's law firm, Etienne Lawyers, has sponsored Emily and Matthew to travel to England and study ballroom from the world's best teachers for the past six months.
This tuition has been the lead-up to Blackpool, with the couple training up to 30 hours a week and competing in numerous smaller competitions in Ireland, Demark and England.
Dancing runs in the Brooks family, with parents and champion ballroom dancers, David and Irena, very proud of their daughter's achievements.
"We are absolutely over the moon that she has had this opportunity to live and study dance in England," Mr Brooks said.
"No matter what happens over the next week, we are all very proud of Emily and very confident that they will both go on to achieve much in their dance careers."
Emily and Matthew are due to fly back to Australia later next month to prepare for the National Capital Titles in Canberra.
They will then compete in The Australian Open Championships to be held later in the year in Melbourne and televised on Channel 7.